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Millipedes transport gemmae of Calymperes palisotii (Bryophyta: Calymperaceae)

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The gemmae of the corticolous moss Calymperes palisotii cling to the bodies of the millipede Anadenobolus monilicornis, a species that climbs tree trunks. Both field observations and experiments showed that the millipedes transport gemmae. The millipedes are presumed dispersers of the moss; moreover, the millipedes provide directed dispersal, transporting gemmae to favorable sites on tree trunks. This is the first in situ documentation of millipedes transporting moss gemmae and of directed dispersal of moss gemmae.
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Keywords: ANADENOBOLUS; CALYMPERACEAE; CALYMPERES; DIRECTED DISPERSAL; EPIZOOCHORY; GEMMAE; MILLIPEDE; RHINOCRICIDAE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 November 2013

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  • Nova Hedwigia is an international journal publishing original, peer-reviewed papers on current issues of taxonomy, morphology, ultrastructure and ecology of all groups of cryptogamic plants, including cyanophytes/cyanobacteria and fungi. The half-tone plates in Nova Hedwigia are known for their high quality, which makes them especially suitable for the reproduction of photomicrographs and scanning and transmission electron micrographs.
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